How to Be a Big Fish
in a Little Pond
By Harriette Knight
Many people aspire to do great things in the world. They want to be movie stars, sports figures, or pursue a political career. If your dream of becoming famous has not turned into a reality, you don't have to give up your dream entirely. You can make a name for yourself, and leave your mark a little closer to home. In essence, become a big fish in a little pond.
Every city or township is a mini-universe. If your desire to become a household name has eluded you, you can make a big name for yourself where you live. First decide what you would like to excel at, and begin your journey. If the political arena interests you, you can strive to become mayor of your town. On the way up the ladder, there are numerous elected positions from School Board to Water Board. The best thing to do is to join a committee to see where your interests lie.
Many business owners find their local Chamber of Commerce an excellent place to make a name for themselves. There are numerous charity functions, Board of Director positions, and committees do get involved with. The Chamber offers wonderful ways to obtain more visibility for yourself, as well as your business, and become a big fish in a little pond in an extremely short period of time.
Volunteering for local organizations is a way of making a name for yourself in a positive way. While giving back to the community, you may find yourself as the local Man or Woman of the Year. This will give you great notoriety and personal satisfaction.
Promoting your book or services in your town can make you feel like a celebrity even if you are not on the cover of People Magazine. Arrange speaking engagements, book signings at the local bookstore, or host a charity event. By submitting press releases to your local paper, you will end up with more clippings than you thought possible!
Everyone leaves their mark whether they do big or small things in their life. Being a big fish in a small pond is a way to achieve personal satisfaction, but living honestly is the key to success. Keep the publicity coming, but in a positive way.
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